Do I have to pay for an ignition interlock device?

Individuals that drive while under the influence of alcohol can cause accidents to occur on the road. This can cause life-threatening injuries to those that are involved in a motor vehicle accident with them on the road. Drunk drivers should be held accountable for their mistake of driving while impaired by alcohol. Alcohol has the ability to impair someone’s motor skills. Not only can this affect them while they are driving, but it can impair them while doing simple tasks like walking. When they get behind the wheel of a car, they can cause serious injuries and even kill other individuals that are on the road. If drivers are caught with a blood alcohol content that is over 0.15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any car that they drive during their license suspension and for six to 12 months after the suspension. This device is installed at the expense of the individual charged with drunk driving. This charge can be in addition to various fines that the individual has to pay for as a result of their DWI charge.

An ignition interlock device has the ability to prevent future accidents from occurring. When an individual tries to drive the car with alcohol in their system, the car may not start. Police may be notified of their attempt to drive and they may arrive at the scene. The individual can face further discipline after this occurrence.

Can DWI charges become more severe with a higher BAC?

When drivers are found to be driving with a BAC that is higher than 0.08%, they can face penalties for drunk driving. If their BAC is over 0.10%, these charges and the penalties that come along with them, can increase in severity. A higher BAC indicates that there is more alcohol in their system and that they are further impaired. If their BAC is over 0.15%, they may have to stall an ignition interlock device. With a higher BAC, they are shown to be more impaired by the alcohol in their system. This can show that they are more likely to be involved in dangerous driving and cause an accident to occur.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.